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Monkshouse Primary Academy

Together Everybody Achieves More

Miss Burnham Reception - Ducklings

Ducklings Class

Miss Burnham - Class Teacher

Miss Sandhu - Teaching Assistant

Miss Eleston - Teaching Assistant

Week 3 - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Week three has been centred around the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have had so much fun re-telling the story. We are all very confident at joining in with the story and talking about what we all think of how Goldilocks behaved. Goldilocks snuck into our classroom at lunchtime and made a terrible mess! She had tipped over chairs and left porridge oats everywhere! The children were very sad, and all helped to clean up the mess. Luckily, after we had used mark making to write letters to Goldilocks, and spoken to her on the phone in our role-play area, she wrote a letter back to us telling us how sorry she was!
There has been a lot of porridge exploration this week - we have had a go at making porridge and eating it too. We have also mixed porridge and made it in the mud kitchen outside - there were some very unusual suggestions for flavours!


Week 2 - The Colour Monster

We have loved reading and learning all about the Colour Monster story this week. We have learned how to express our feelings of love, happiness, sadness, fear and anger and it is amazing to hear the children sharing these feelings during their play. You may have seen lots of Colour Monster pictures coming home to you this week as the children were so excited to create their own versions using feathers, paint and bingo dabbers.
As we have gone through the week, we have built wonderful friendships and are gaining confidence to talk to the adults around us. In Literacy this week we read a story called 'Have you filled a bucket today?' by Carol McCloud, which helped us to understand how we can use our behaviour to help others to be happy. It also taught us how we may have an empty bucket if others are unkind. There were lots of conversations amongst the children about the different things that made them happy and sad.
In maths we have focussed on how we can recognise numbers of objects in different positions and representations. We are continuing to really enjoy singing nursery rhymes that are all based around number.

Week 1 - Getting to Know You

Ducklings have had the most fantastic start to school! We have all settled really well and have been practising our routines and the rules of school, as well as building new friendships.

In Maths this week, we have begun to count using some fun counting songs (you will probably hear your children singing them at home!).
In phonics we have been practising listening to sounds from our environment, such as rustling paper, or a crunchy packet, so that we can practise our listening skills. We have also listened to and sung nursery rhymes including Five Little Ducks, Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep.
We look forward to our first full week together next week.

Term 1 - Once Upon a Time

This term we will be reading and learning many fairytales and traditional tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Red Hen, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs. We will get to know all about our own and other people's emotions by reading The Colour Monster, and by acting out the characters from all of the books we share.

Our maths work will focus on numbers 1-5, and how to subitise these to be able to recognise these numbers in different representations.

There will be lots of exploration of our new classrooms, our shared area where we can curl up with story books or play in our home role-play area, as well as learning through play in the outdoor area. Our favourite place is the mud kitchen!